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Dustin - you might thumb through here. For as much trash talking as I've seen about the VR version over on dpreview, the consensus seems to be that the new one is a bit sharper. I can't speak to the older version, but the VR version is a fantastically underrated piece of glass in my experience so far. I didn't think I'd ever really need VR, but when I've had lenses that incorporate it, I've always found myself in situations where it's saved a shot (off tripod of course). Worth the extra imo.
*edit* Just realized you're probably looking at the 24-85G rather than the 24-85D, in which case the link to the resolution chart comparison above won't really matter.